Manufacturers of regional aircraft booked orders for nearly 300 airplanes last year, among them just a handful of jets in the 40/50-seat class. That's hardly surprising. Interest in new CRJ200s and ERJ-135s/-145s has been trending downward for the past few years. After all, with more than 1,700 in service, the industry's appetite has been pretty well satisfied. What is stunning is that close to half of 2005 orders were for turboprops. In what CEO Filippo Bagnato described as the company's ...

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